THE Guam Legislature has announced the beginning of its October and November session today, unveiling an agenda that includes 40 bills and resolutions, and 10 board and commission confirmations.
Two measures authorizing the terms and conditions for the issuance of bonds for the island’s two public utilities – the Guam Power Authority and the Guam Waterworks Authority – are included in the list of items that will be tackled in the coming days.
Sen. Tom Ada has introduced Bill 207, which authorizes GPA to raise $100 million worth of revenue bonds to finance capital improvements to the islandwide power system. The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Rory Respicio.
The borrowing, as outlined by Bill 207, will have two phases including a "short-term interim bond" for $35 million, and a second "long-term bond" for $100 million, which will be issued in 2015.
Meanwhile, the Legislature will tackle another Ada measure, Bill 181. The bill authorizes the waterworks authority to borrow up to $495 million in bonds to meet GWA's regulatory requirements, including those specified in the 2011 court order and in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s significant finding reports for water and wastewater.
Bill 153, or the Nana Yan Patgon Act (the "Mother and Child Act"), a measure introduced by Sens. Aline Yamashita and Dennis Rodriguez, will also be discussed during session today.
The measure, which seeks to protect the rights of breastfeeding mothers and infants and to promote breastfeeding, falls in line with federal law that requires employers to provide reasonable break times for an employee “to express (pump) milk for her nursing child” and to provide a place other than a bathroom for her to do so.
Lawmakers will also tackle Bill 74, sponsored by Speaker Judith Won Pat and Sens. Yamashita and Tina Muña-Barnes. The measure allows the Guam Department of Education to enter into a renewable-energy purchase agreement for a term of up to 25 years. As proposed by the bill, the selected renewable energy provider shall be responsible for all costs required to install and maintain such renewable energy technology at GDOE schools and facilities.
Sen. Respicio, majority leader and rules chairman, announced the session agenda late yesterday afternoon. Session is scheduled to begin today at 9 a.m. at the Speaker Antonio R. Unpingco Session Hall.